New Smyrna Beach Fire Chief Dave McCallister recipient of a 2012 distinguished service award by Volusia League of Cities

NSB Fire Chief Dave McCallisterNEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Fire Chief Dave McCallister is being honored with the Volusia League of Cities' Distinguished Service Award for 2012.

McCallister was recommended by the VLOC nominating committee and voted in by the organization's executive committee.

This award is presented to outstanding individuals who have made their community, and Volusia County as a whole, a better place to live.

McCallister will be honored at a Volusia League of Cities banquet May 24, at the Smyrna Yacht Club in New Smyrna Beach.

Here is the complete list of award winners announced by Mary Swiderski, executive director of the Volusia League of Cities.

BLAINE O'NEAL AWARD OF EXCELLENCE (top award): Kenneth Parker, city manager, Port Orange; PRESIDENT’S AWARDS: U.S. Rep. John Mica and State Rep. Fred Costello;

ELECTED OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR: Mayor Pro Tem Leigh Matusick, City of DeLand;

MANAGER OF THE YEAR: Jeaneen Clauss, Town of Ponce Inlet;

EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR - PARKS AND RECREATION: Roni Jackson, City of Daytona Beach Shores;

EMPLOYEES OF THE YEAR - PUBLIC SAFETY: Chief David McCallister, City of New Smyrna Beach, and Kenneth Jones, City of Orange, city detective;

EMPLOYEES OF THE YEAR - PUBLIC WORKS: Glenn Whitcomb, City of Deltona and Michael Ulrich, City of Port Orange;

EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR - ADMINISTRATION AND PLANNING: Ami Pierce - Town of Ponce Inlet;

EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR - OTHER: Loretta Moisio, City of Ormond Beach;

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR - COMMUNITY SPORTS: Harry Wendelstedt, City of Ormond Beach (Honorarium);

CITIZENS OF THE YEAR - COMMUNITY EVENTS: Susie Macon, City of DeLand, and Dave and Sam Buckman, City of South Daytona;

CITIZENS OF THE YEAR - PUBLIC SAFETY: Jerry Doyle, City of DeLand and Sally Panella, City of Ormond Beach;

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR - CULTURAL ENRICHMENT: Judy Thompson – City of DeLand;

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR - OTHER: Robert McIntosh, City of Edgewater.

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